BEND, OR -- A local transient was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly firing a gun at a Bend bar. Police responded to Mountain's Edge Bar just after 2 a.m., after a report that a man fired a gun while exiting the establishment. He was last seen walking westbound towards Goodwill, with the firearm still in his hand.
No one was hurt, but Mountain's Edge employees locked the doors and secured everyone else inside while providing officers with a description of the suspect. Within minutes of the call, police located a man matching the suspect description near the entrance to Walmart on South Highway 97. Using a "high risk approach," they detained 52-year-old John Lloyd Smith without incident.
Authorities say Smith had a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun on him at the time of his arrest. Officers located a spent casing in the Mountain's Edge parking lot and matched the caliber to Smith's weapon. Bar patrons also identified Smith as the man who fired the shot.
A motive for his actions is not yet known, although investigators believe drugs and alcohol were contributing factors.